In August 2015, I went to Mountain Hooves and Paws to collaborate with horse trainers Kinna Ohman-Leone KPA-CTP and Gene Ohman-Leone KPA-CTP. Kinna and Gene have trained several rescue horses who had some major behavioral issues, including fearfulness and aggression. Our focus was to improve my own horse handling and training experience and to help Kinna and Gene take their training to the next level. We all succeeded!
How people use our bodies around horses can be a critical part of training these large animals. At one point, I used my TAGteaching experience to help Gene become more aware of when he was moving his feet and when he was keeping them still.
We also talked about getting more of the great behaviors they’ve trained on cue — to be able to ask for the behaviors reliably and to have the horses offer them predictably. Here’s what Kinna said in an email to me afterward.
Thanks goes to you! We had such a great time training with you and our collection of horses. Gene was out training at 7a.m. with Benny. He’s super excited about cues now.
Spirit did really well – and Gene did too. Gene remembered the tag point of planting his feet! All horses need this clarity, but we can see that horses in Spirit’s position need it almost desperately!
You are so, so right about how many time, the handler of the horse is a lure. How exciting that you saw this – I swear, this is something I’ve never heard anyone talk about in the horse world!
We also totally agree with the relaxation protocol – and your comment that you thought that Spirit needed reinforcement for just one at a time. Brilliant!
You really got us thinking about so many things Sharon!! We needed the outside “eye” — and the fresh perspective you offered. THANKS!
Well, off to dinner, but I attached two photos of you and Sole and a couple with Carson.
We are definitely so inspired by your ideas and input. 🙂